Could Mayor Bill de Blasio be paying United Federation of Teachers officials for their support in this election year? The New York Post’s Editorial Board seems to think so. Agency fee payors, listen up.
Mayor de Blasio just can’t stop using city resources to reward his political pals. The latest is the 50,000 parking placards he’s issuing staffers at city schools.
The principals union, the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, won a suit arguing that its members are entitled to the perk under their contract. But de Blasio chose on his own to gift the teachers, as well.
Free parking is worth a lot — up to $6,000 a year in some neighborhoods. It could have been a bargaining chip in future negotiations with the United Federation of Teachers, in exchange (say) for getting back the 2½ hours a week of instructional time that de Blasio gave away in the last contract.
Instead, the mayor opted to reward his allies — and slap the principals union, which has sometimes been critical of him.
Slap it how? Well, the placards the union won in a fair court fight will be worth a lot less now — since they’ll be competing with lots of teachers for limited numbers of parking spaces.
Indeed, rampant abuse led Mayor Mike Bloomberg in 2008 to curb the number of Department of Education permits from about 63,000 to 11,000. Hosang says he witnessed such abuse himself. “People were . . . giving [their placards] to their uncles or cousins,” he said.
De Blasio pooh-poohed any hit on the city, promising “consistent enforcement” of violations. Time will tell about that, but count us suspicious: He’s plainly eager to please the teachers union in this election year.